Butte Creek Brewing - Organic Pale Ale
- Alcohol by Volume: 5.5%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 33
- Serving Temperature: 42-47°F
- Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug
- Malts: Pale, C-60, Carapils, Wheat
- Hops: NZ Pacific Gem, NZ Cascade, NZ Hallertau
Brewed with 100% organic ingredients, this pale ale cuts quite an attractive figure in the glass; expect plenty of rocky foam atop a nice amber color. On the nose, look for a caramel malt core with light toasty qualities and a touch of sweetness. Hop notes lean somewhat earthy to us, with some floral touches and flashes of citrus that get more pronounced with warmth. On the palate, this brew is malty and creamy with a touch of balancing acidity and a hint of huskiness. The malts come across robust with caramel and toasty/bready grains, and add a noticeable dose of sweetness that is balanced nicely by a moderate hop bitterness. Like the aroma suggested, the hop profile breaks toward earthy with supporting citric, floral, and herbal notes. Quite full and creamy on the palate, this is not a watery, shy pale ale, and the healthy carbonation adds a nice dose of bite, as well. Cheers!
Butte Creek Brewing began in early 1995 when friends Tom Atmore and Bill Beeghly decided to follow Sierra Nevada’s lead and open a new brewery in Chico, CA. Number two brewer at Sierra Nevada, Roland Allen, jumped over to join the new enterprise as brewmaster. Originally named Chico Brewing Company, the trio changed the name of their new brewery to avoid conflict with Sierra Nevada, which was claiming the right to the name Chico in regards to brewing.
After leasing a building and constructing their brewery, production began in May of 1996. But, it was in 1998 that they made the fateful decision to release their first organic beer, which also was one of the first in the nation. Due to the success of this and other subsequent organic beers, Butte Creek transformed their entire beer lineup into a 100% organic product line over the next few years, becoming one of the very few such brewing companies in the US to do so. Then in 2009, with their lease up in Chico, Butte Creek partnered with the iconic Mendocino Brewing Co. to begin production at their huge, top of the line facility in Ukiah. For more info, visit them at www.buttecreek.com.
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